|65th Primetime Emmy Awards|
|Location||Nokia Theatre, |
Los Angeles, California
|Presented by||Academy of Television Arts and Sciences|
|Hosted by||Neil Patrick Harris|
|Most awards||Behind the Candelabra (3)|
|Most nominations||Breaking Bad (8)|
|Produced by||Ken Ehrlich|
|Directed by||Louis J. Horvitz|
The 65th Primetime Emmy Awards, honoring the best in prime time television programming from June 1, 2012 until May 31, 2013, were held on Sunday, September 22, 2013 at the Nokia Theatre in Downtown Los Angeles, California. CBS televised the ceremony within the United States. Actor Neil Patrick Harris hosted the Primetime Emmys for the second time. The Creative Arts Emmy Awards ceremony was held on September 15.
Netflix made history by earning the first Primetime Emmy Award nominations for original online only web television. Three of its web series, Arrested Development, Hemlock Grove, and House of Cards, earned a total of 14 nominations. Netflix also made history with three wins, including Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series for the pilot episode, "Chapter 1", of House of Cards, as well as a pair of Creative Arts Emmy Awards, making "Chapter 1" the first Primetime Emmy Award-winning webisode.
Winners and nominees
Winners are listed first and highlighted in bold:
|Outstanding Comedy Series||Outstanding Drama Series|
|Outstanding Variety Series||Outstanding Miniseries or Movie|
|Outstanding Reality-Competition Program|
|Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series||Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series|
|Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series||Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series|
|Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie||Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie|
|Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series||Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series|
|Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series||Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series|
|Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Movie||Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie|
|Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series||Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series|
|Outstanding Directing for a Variety Series||Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries, Movie, or Dramatic Special|
|Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series||Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series|
|Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series||Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries, Movie, or Dramatic Special|
Academy's "hanging episodes" rule
The Television Academy was alerted to an issue with "hanging episodes" by Starz. The channel has numerous series with multiple "hanging episodes". "Hanging episodes" are episodes broadcast after the Academy's deadline for consideration that are part of a season that began before the deadline. For instance, in 2012, Starz's Magic City and AMC's Mad Men both ended their seasons in June, after the May 31 deadline. These episodes were allowed to be webcast for award consideration prior to their telecast should that telecast air after the submission period has closed. The Academy had prior rules stipulating that eligible episodes be presented on the same platform as the episodes that qualify the series.
Most major nominations
- By network[note 1]
- HBO – 34
- ABC / NBC – 15
- Showtime – 14
- AMC – 12
- FX – 9
- PBS – 8
- Fox – 7
- CBS – 6
- Netflix / Sundance Channel – 5
- USA – 3
- By program
- Breaking Bad (AMC) – 8
- 30 Rock (NBC) / Downton Abbey (PBS) / Homeland (Showtime) / Modern Family (ABC) – 7
- Behind the Candelabra (HBO) – 6
Most major awards
- By network[note 1]
- HBO – 7
- Showtime – 4
- ABC / NBC – 3
- AMC / Comedy Central – 2
- By program
- Behind the Candelabra (HBO) – 3
- Breaking Bad (AMC) / The Colbert Report (Comedy Central) / Homeland (Showtime) / Modern Family (ABC) / Veep (HBO) – 2
- "Major" constitutes the categories listed above: Program, Acting, Directing, and Writing. Does not include the technical categories.
Presenters and performers
|Elton John||"Home Again"|
|Neil Patrick Harris
|"The Number in the Middle of the Show"|
|Neil Patrick Harris
Outstanding Choreography nominees
|"Luck Be a Lady"|
"A Beautiful Mine" (Mad Men theme)
Game of Thrones theme
American Horror Story theme
"Straight Up and Down" (Boardwalk Empire theme)
Breaking Bad theme
The Big Bang Theory theme
Prior to the In Memoriam segment:
- Robin Williams presented a tribute to Jonathan Winters
- Rob Reiner presented a tribute to Jean Stapleton
- Jane Lynch presented a tribute to Cory Monteith
- Michael J. Fox presented a tribute to Gary David Goldberg
- Edie Falco presented a tribute to James Gandolfini
A video was then presented paying tribute to the TV stars and well known behind-the-scenes workers who had died since the previous Primetime Emmy Awards broadcast, including:
- David Frost
- Dennis Farina
- Annette Funicello
- Eydie Gormé
- Dale Robertson
- Larry Hagman
- Leslie Frankenheimer
- Conrad Bain
- Maxine Stuart
- Lee Thompson Young
- Preston Davis
- Alan Kirschenbaum
- James Loper
- Lou Myers
- Milo O'Shea
- Fran Bascom
- Lois Smith
- Roger Ebert
- Emily Squires
- Bonnie Dore
- Eileen Brennan
- Bonnie Franklin
- Russell Means
- Milt Hoffman
- Jack Shea
- Jeanne Cooper
- Allan Arbus
- Henry Bromell
- David Connell
- Charles Durning
- Richard Matheson
- Harry Carey Jr.
- Ken Venturi
- Pat Summerall
- Steve Sabol
- Alex Karras
- Jack Klugman
- Jenni Rivera
- Eddie Michaels
- Michael Ansara
- Charles Lisanby
- Fay Kanin
- Emanuel Steward
- Ray Dolby
- Julie Harris
- Deborah Raffin
- Patti Page
- Andy Williams
The reviews for the ceremony were mostly negative. Brian Lowry of Variety panned the show, writing: "By the time the show was over, it was hard not to think we could have done with at least one less musical number, or one less memorial tribute, in order to let the winners — including high-profile ones in major categories — actually deliver an acceptance speech without hearing piano music kick in just as they started warming up." Melisa Maerz of Entertainment Weekly also gave the ceremony a negative review, writing: "All of which begged the question: What does the Emmys really offer us, anyway, that we can't get elsewhere? Witty banter? (There was more of that online.) Red-carpet gawking? (Nothing here that you can't see on Instagram.) Exclusive access to the Mani Cam? If you're only tuning in to see which under-appreciated shows to add to your DVR queue, well, Twitter can tell you that better than the Emmys, especially when a mediocre season of Modern Family wins against Louie, Girls, and Veep. The one thing the Emmys is still very good at? Creating consensus. But maybe that's the problem. This year, the consensus was that the Emmys were bad."
The broadcast received 17.63 million viewers, the largest audience in total viewers since 2005.
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